Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Africa instead of New Zealand, you would:
be 191.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
In New Zealand, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In South Africa, that number is 19.1% of people as of 2020.
live 17.2 years less
In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2022.
make 72.9% less money
New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $42,400 as of 2020, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $11,500 as of 2020.
be 6.9 times more likely to be unemployed
In New Zealand, 4.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In South Africa, that number is 28.5% as of 2019.
pay a 36.4% higher top tax rate
New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In South Africa, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2017.
have 45.2% more children
In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In South Africa, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 13.2 times more likely to die during childbirth
In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Africa, 119.0 women do as of 2017.
be 7.5 times more likely to die during infancy
In New Zealand, approximately 3.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In South Africa, on the other hand, 25.9 children do as of 2022.
be 23.9% less likely to have internet access
In New Zealand, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In South Africa, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
spend 13.3% more on education
New Zealand spends 6.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. South Africa spends 6.8% of total GDP on education as of 2020.
see 81.5% less coastline
New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, South African Revenue Service.
South Africa: At a glance
How big is South Africa compared to New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.